Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies
Author(s): Guido Olimpio
Check-points guarding the entrance to a village or road junction. In January and February, I crossed many of them in the southern regions of Egypt, on the Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel axis. The guards do not appear very attentive. Helmets are worn loosely, bullet-proof vests are laid on a mobile shield, coffee mugs lay around, vehicles are under canopies, and there are few mobile barriers. From a turret, the muzzle of a Kalashnikov emerges, but upon closer observation, there is no guard ready to embrace it. The rifle is instead fixed to a firing slit. Maybe they think that this is sufficient and the scene immediately evokes that of scarecrows. The agents guarding the piers along the Nile instead appear more vigilant: their weapons are carried with double magazines fixed with tape.
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